Thursday, July 7, 2022

Flamini glad to be back

Mathieu Flamini says he’s enjoying himself in his second spell at Arsenal, and that he learned a lot from his spell in Italy.

The Frenchman has played a huge part in the Gunners recent form and he put in another blinding performance against Napoli last night.

If there were reservations over the opportunistic nature of his free signing in the summer, they’ve surely been put to bed by the quality of his displays.

“It is going well for me on and off the pitch,” he told UEFA.com. “We are doing well, so I’m delighted. We knew that Napoli are a good team who are doing well in the league with excellent players. But we had an excellent match and managed to score those two goals.”

And on what his spell in Serie A meant for him.

“In Italy the football is different, more closed tactically, whereas here it is more open, plus we have a very good team. I play defensive midfield here and have to protect the defence and it is going well. I wanted to play in a different championship and play with great players such as Maldini and other European and world champions.

“I won the league there but then I came back to my old team and I’m happy with that.”

He also managed to get through last night’s game without a booking.

Allez Mathieu!

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Highbury

Better than any of those signings the spuds made and best of all… Free! Great to have to you back Mathieu!

Old Man Flam

He’s been brilliant. And he just doesn’t shut up on the pitch – my mate and I watched him for a few minutes last night and he spent the entire time running around the midfield pointing and yelling. At one point we weren’t even sure he was talking to anyone.

MoNk

In the match against Swansea,second half,whenever Clattenberg blew for a foul on Arsenal,he would automatically raise his hand towards flamini and stop him,even if he was miles away. He just wouldn’t shut up,kept yapping in the ref’s year all night long!

somersetgooner

all is forgiven?

TomJ

What was to forgive, he honoured his contract with us

Zorro in the box

This is the crucial thing with me. Flamini has never been a traitor in my eyes, he didn’t run his contract down, he fulfilled it. That’s something Flamini always does, he’s free to do so. He’s no bullshit, plays his contracts like his football. If your mate was talking about the same thing with a job wouldn’t you suggest and respect the same thing Flamini has done? We’re frustrated as fans because it feels like he wasn’t loyal to the cause – the whole Arsenal project. Fans can take that view, but should players? I don’t know. There’s a big… Read more »

Micko

I must say I was in your camp when we resigned him but and its a BIG but I was wrong and he is a bit good isn’t he! 🙂

NairobberyGunner

Glad to have you back “Gattuso”!! Fucking beast! COYG! Next up West Brom…

Nigerian_Gooner

Flattuso!!

Wenger's Wonga

The Arsenal guard dog!

Adams Jnr

So glad he’s gonna be protecting our back four for the next few years.

HighburyJD

touch Jack’s ankles again, I double dare you

jack jack jack

“another blinding performance” – Blogs 2013

mike

read that in a samuel l jackson voice, pulp fiction style lol, say what again!

3-1 to arsenal

Hi Mathieu, i won’t be presumptuous and pompous by saying this represent the views of all fans but at least for me the feeling is mutual 🙂

Anon

This is why I bought a Flamini shirt instead of Ozil.

Charlie

If you want thumbs up you should have bought both

Mooro

He was fuckin awesome again last night. Pointing, directing, disrupting and smashing into Napoli at every opportunity.

It’s that type of commitment that gets the crowd going as much as the nicer stuff.

The ground last night was buzzing like an Ann Summers party in a convent.

Unnecessarilystupid

Has any player in the history of football been so lauded for pointing? Has anyone ever pointed like Mathieu?

masterofthegoonaverse

He is the Pointmeister.

Dial Square Charity XI

Pointeur de maître

LANS

The flame has returned and is burning brighter than ever!

AGunner

People still doubt, but Wenger truly does know.

Friddy

When Le Prof said its a no brainer some mob with no brain still doubt him. Pls Arsene, what about giving Sagna the much needed contract he truly deserves. I will rather be in the trenches with him but Van pursie. Indeed Arsene knows best,

onlymarvix

If you are not an arsenal fan ths time around you certainly not a football fan. May be you can pitch tent with those that play Rugby at stan… Bridge. In Arsene and Arsenal Wε̲̣̣̣̥ believe. Welcome Flamini.

Anna Chronist

Barthez: Angry bald Frenchman
Evra: Angry black Frenchman
Vieira: Tall angry black Frenchman
Flamini: Short balding angry Frenchman

Angry Frenchman, depending on whether they’re in your team or not, are the best/worst. So glad we’ve got another one, finally.

Eboue's perfectly chiseled ....

Silvestre – Sad bald frenchman!

Mrs Bendtner's Greatest Son That Ever Lived

William Gallas – Sloppy French vagina?

Merlin's Panini

why did you feel the need to mention when they’re black? Surely they’re Frenchmen, just the same?

O Jay

Because they are neither balding or bald, and a second adjective was required. Preferably, one that rhymed with bald/balding. PS, I’m Nigerian.

TENN

Stop raace baiting.

TENN

*race- must drink more coffee.

dutchgunner

Many doubted his return, but it already shows this was the sort of player we’ve been missing al these years.

Rufusstan

I think Its less we missed that kind of player, than we forgot he really is that good.

Lily

Glad to have him back! Watching him yesterday was a joy, and I was laughing every couple of minutes when I saw him making tackles Napoli players didn’t expect, and even making a clean tackle that still looked as if it might take someone’s foot off.

How we’ve missed someone like him.

Charlie

We were angry with him because of the manner in which he left us. But seriously, the way to prove that he deserves the Arsenal shirt again is not only by having some good performances, but by showing a great attitude. And by doing that I think he deserves the respect and backing of the fans, which he now gets!

godonner

He’s French he’s free he,LL break your fuckin knee flamini

Rufusstan

Oh so much this.

Best of all is I think he’d like it.

Michael

Double *like*

Been in Brazil for the past month, so I hadn’t heard it yet!

phelan

Catchy, but the irony just kills me when we bay for Shawc*nt’s blood, then sing about the flame snapping knees. Can we please NOT use this, and come up with something classier?

Gööner

And so are we

laudgunner

happy times

Bobby

come on guys! flamini needs his own song!

Parisian Weetabix

He has one.

“He’s French,
He’s free,
He’ll break your fucking knee!”

Voldermort

Barca pay us 15 million for song and we get flamini for Fuck all.
It feels like cheating.

Podolski Sklep

Flamin’ excellent.

Chaplin35

I have to say I was very impressed with Sagna last night as well. What a difference it makes if he has someone near him on the sideline who is technically better than Theo and not hiding behind defenders like Theo quite often does.
Gonna get couple of thumb downs for this probably 🙂

MoNk

Last season we were cheering him to “Sign Da ting”, this season after “not so impressive” start, we are bashing him again?So Fickle!

sagnas hair

I’m 100% behind him. I think what he offers with his pace and attacking runs behind the defense is priceless and extremely important to our game. Especially when facing weaker sides or in home games when the opponents park the bus after they get mesmerized by our passing during the opening five minutes.

The goals are a coming. Trust me (and Wenger).

Pat

The great thing about Theo is his determination to improve himself, a few seasons back his finishing wasn’t that great so he started staying behind after training and worked on it. Last season he was our top scorer despite being benched for a number of games at the start of the season. You won’t find that with the majority of players these days so he deserves our respect. Ramsey is a lesson for all of us that our players need our support regardless of their form, as long as the efforts there they deserve our support because every single member… Read more »

Joe

The one that was lost but is found again. Well, I was hoping that Cesc would be the one, but then it turns out to be even better. I guess a lot of ex-Arsenal players (and their agents) thought that grass is always greener, but there is no place like ‘home’ I guess. I am placing my bet now that Flamini will be called up by France once again in the coming summer.

DaMobot

I think he and others prove what Arsene Wenger was trying to say all along. Spending money should not be the objective, but bringing in the right players with the right attitude and skill is. Doesnt always work as we have seen with Nasri, Adebayor, Bendtner and others. Some cost us nothing, some alot and some very little. But display the right attitude you will eventually succeed.

Yawe

The best bargain of Premier League history, after Campbell of course.

indigooner

Not that it matters but Sol’s wages were high. Flamini is da bargain.

greg

When he left before, I recall a lot of complaints that we weren’t getting new contracts sorted quickly or emphatically enough for our important players and that by not doing so we were losing important members of the squad (Sagna, anyone?). Cue a raft of improved contracts to young players to avoid losing them as we had Flamini. But then a lot of them never fulfilled the promise they had, and in some instances we’re, even now, still playing the price for being so quick to secure the services for these, relatively untested, players. It’s quite tough to get these… Read more »

kampala gooner

we all sat here and mourned about how Wenger saw the clause in the weird haired guys contract expired and how Gustavo ended up at Wolfsburg. l guess all long he knew in flamini he had something even better.

ArsenesNose

It was great to see Flamini and Arteta working well together last night. I can see this being a very important partnership for us this season.

bitcplease

Lol @ Flamini “In charge of waiters at bunga bunga parties.” Now can see why the way he talks on the pitch.

NairobiGoon

A genuine Hard Man… they don’t make many of them anymore…

OzilsEyelid

Brilliant performance from the man!

Eric Irish gunner

I loved his energy when he first played for arsenal and often wonder would it of being drifferent result if he was’ent dropped for cashley cole for champions league final after being brilliant at left back, he’s even better now and is like a pit bull around the field, he keeps everyone alert with his shouting and could be one of the signings of the season and for free

Dobromir

Loving the way that he applies himself on the pitch. 100% commitment and hard running, tackling, encouraging, directing. Also the nostalgia from having in the team adds to the awesome feeling i get when i see Flamini shielding the back four. And he’s just a cog in an already impressive team that has some serious top top quality and every position and in the case of the midfield, on the bench as well. Everyone playing with commitment and hunger along with said quality just makes it a perfect combination for a football team. Right balance of youth and experience and… Read more »

ku

My Player of the months…who to pick?? Gattuso-FLAMINI or Can’t stop Running- RAMSEY.

Arsenal Fan

Gorgeous giroud. Acknowledged for his beauty but less so for sheer hard work, defensive duties and link up play. He is so impt!

Arseblogger's arsecrack

FIFA 2014 needs a new stat to fairly distinguish Flamini from a wealth of other players with better speed, dribbling and shot accuracy: ANGER.

indigooner

His aggression is rated 89 on FIFA 14. Beast.

Parisian Weetabix

89? What does he have to do for the other 10 points, actually kill someone?

giles

i just keep picturing him dressed as Napoleon,pining for us the whole time he was stuck on elba. Last night may have made me romanticize a few things. C’est la vie.

Silverstre for the Ballon d'OR

There is no one to tackle with a two-footed “reducer” on this God-forsaken island.
I MUST MARCH ON ISLINGTON, THE PEOPLE WILL CARRY ME ON THEIR SHOULDERS!

hurm

Bloody hell, you lot don’t half have bad memories. Everyone was pretty gutted when he didn’t sign last time. We alll knew he was cracking player before he left and could really put himself about, what he did in that run in the Champions League was amazing. Everyone was moaning when he left, so we should all have been happy when he came back, I mean he wasn’t going to turn shit over night was he? Yeah yeah before you say it, I know…it was the part where he didn’t cost any money that made us made us forget, right?

Woolwich Peripatetic

No, it was how shit he looked for Milan which meant they couldn’t be bothered to renew his contract again…

hurm

Er, I think you’ll find it was Flamini who turned down Milan

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11863/8805246/transfer-news-mathieu-flamini-turns-down-offer-of-new-deal-from-ac-milan

As the trumpeter said,

wanh, wanh, wanh, wawawawawhaaaaaaaaaaan.

giles

indeed hurm, indeed. We now have a generation who would refuse a bargain because it would make them look cheap,innit?

Jay Bee

Aint hearing Sagna’s song…
Lad did a good job of fending off Insigne last night…
Still waiting for the meaning of COYG and HFB

Kai

COYG = Come On You Gunners/Gooners

HFB = Handsome French Bloke (Oliver Giroud)

westcoastgooner

Flamini is just as important as Ozil in my opinion. Both have raised the overall level of this team, which was already very good, to what is now top top quality. Each brings something that was missing to the team. May they both remain healthy!

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